Summer is a time to celebrate and enjoy the outdoors and Vermont state parks, ballfields, small villages and parks are a perfect setting to do just that. When Independence Day nears, they become the picturesque backdrops for the music, parades and fireworks that are part of a proper July 4th celebration.
Fourth of July celebrations are the perfect family outing with great kids' activities, entertainment, food options and, of course, stunning fireworks shows to cap off the evening. There are even some celebrations before and after July 4th, so make a plan to hit them all and get a full taste of what Vermont Fourth of July celebrations have to offer.
WHERE: Wilmington, VT WHEN: July 6, 2012, 5:00PM WHAT: 35th Annual Independence Day Party and Fireworks
Bring the family to Baker Field, located behind Twin Valley High School at 5:00 pm. Enjoy music, face painting, food and craft vendors then curl up on the grass for a grand fireworks show at 9:00 pm.
WHERE: Wardsboro, VTWHEN: July 4, 2012, 9:00AMWHAT: 63rd Street Fair and Fourth of July Parade Southern Vermont's oldest July 4th celebration features over 40 vendors with food and Vermont crafts, kid's games, street musicians, clowns, and chicken BBQ. Tour the art show at the library barn, search for new reading at the book sale, and see a dazzling quilt show in the church. Homemade pies and deserts will be for sale. Street Fair starts at 9:00 am; Parade at 10:00 am.
Who said fireworks had to come at the end? Brattleboro's 2012 July 4th celebration kicks off with the Firecracker 4-miler road race at 9:30 am, followed by the annual Fourth of July Parade at 10. Then from 1-9:30 pm, Living Memorial Park becomes a full blown carnival packed with exciting events for the kids, swim races, small fry baseball, live music and a giant fireworks show to round out the evening.
WHERE: Readsboro, VT WHEN: June 30, 2012, 11:00AM WHAT: Readsboro Independence Day
A full day of activities begins with the Independence Day parade at 11:00am, followed by games, bouncy houses, cotton candy, a lumberjack competition and much more. It's not everyday a town celebrates a "Quasi-quin-centennial" or 225th anniversary, so you're sure to be in for a treat. Fireworks display at 9:00 pm.
Looking for a place to stay for firework spectating and Independence celebrating? We've got plenty of short-term rentals not far from the parade routes and cotton candy stands.